By Stephen Hunter
He's the main harmful guy alive. He merely desires to dwell in peace together with his kin, and fail to remember the warfare that just about killed him...
It's unlikely to happen.
Stephen Hunter's epic nationwide bestsellers, Point of Impact and Black Light, brought thousands of readers to Bob Lee Swagger, referred to as "Bob the Nailer," a heroic yet unsuitable Vietnam struggle veteran pressured two times to take advantage of his abilities as a grasp sniper to guard his lifestyles and his honor. Now, in his grandest, such a lot intensely exciting experience but, Bob the Nailer needs to face his deadliest foe from Vietnam--and his personal demons--to keep his spouse and daughter.
During the latter days of the Vietnam warfare, deep in-country, a tender idealistic Marine named Donny Fenn used to be lower by means of a sniper's bullet as he set out on patrol with Swagger, who himself bought a grievous wound. Years later Swagger married Donny's widow, Julie, and jointly they elevate their daughter, Nikki, on a ranch within the remoted Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho. Although he struggles with the painful legacy of Vietnam, Swagger's maximum wish--to go away his violent previous at the back of and stay quietly along with his family--seems to have come true.
Then one idyllic day, a guy, a lady, and a woman set out from the ranch on horseback. High on a ridge above a mountain cross, one thousand yards far away, a relaxed, cold-eyed shooter, one of many world's maximum marksmen, friends via a telescopic sight on the 3 drawing close figures.
Out of his tortured previous, a mortal enemy has once more chanced on Bob the Nailer. Time to Hunt proves anew why such a lot of contemplate Stephen Hunter to be our greatest dwelling mystery writer. With a plot that sweeps from the killing fields of Vietnam to the corridors of energy in Washington to the shadowy plots of the hot international order, Hunter can provide the entire complicated, stay-up-all-night motion his lovers call for in a masterful story of kin heartbreak and foreign intrigue--and indicates why, for Bob Lee Swagger, it is once more time to hunt.
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